Originally Posted by lonestar
he has bee so adamant about resigning him, long term I missed the "TAG" part..
OK that makes sense, but what does that really accomplish?
we get to keep him one more year and then he is gone, We still have to replace him after that.. so why not start right now?
we either find the money somewhere and pay him long term and not fill other spots of need or cut him loose with thanks for the past few years..
if you can work out a deal that is good with both parties, great. Sign it up and be done with it. If you can't make it happen, tag him and keep working on the deal before he hits the open market. No reason to just let him walk right now.
There are a couple other options:
non-exclusive franchise tag. We offer him the average of the top 5 players over the past 5 years (which would be lower than the exclusive tag), but would give Clady the option to negotiate with other teams. If someone else wants him that bad and we choose not to match, we would get two first round picks as compensation.
tag and trade. Hit him up with the franchise tag and then trade to whomever wants to deal with the negotiations.
IMO, these are things that rebuilding teams should consider. We are not in that camp. When you are building for a championship run, draft picks are less important than on-bard talent.